Pronounced: WELL-kuhn, noun

Notes: This word has Christmas tie-in, but I’m not sure how many know it

Yesterday’s word

The word latitudinarian, as an adjective means “holding broad and tolerant views, especially in matters of religion”. As a noun, it is “one who is broadminded and tolerant, especially concerning religion”

First usage

The word came into English in the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

Religious beliefs tend to be strongly held, so one would think that latitudinarians would be rare among them. I know several people with very strongly held beliefs; however, they are all tolerant people; they don’t and won’t agree that another person’s beliefs are right, but they respect their right to believe that way. The word comes from the Latin word latitudo (breadth), which came from latus (broad).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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